The Big Ten Misses and Hits
By Paul Myerberg // Dec 13, 2010
An example of the Big Ten’s new logo as seen on a water bottle, courtesy of the conference. Not horrible by any stretch, though unlike the old logo, which contained a hidden “11,” this logo — as best as I can tell — contains no hidden “12″ for its newest member, Nebraska. So it’s not particularly imaginative; compared to the conference’s choice for the new division names, it’s a stroke of genius. As you’ve already heard, the division names are “Legends” and “Leaders,” befitting… who knows what.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany did state early in the Big Ten Network special that the conference’s leaders — that word again — did not want to use individuals names to mark each division, as the Big Ten’s plethora of memorable players, coaches and officials made selecting two above the rest untenable. Still: Legends and Leaders?
So that was a swing and miss. For now, at least. We’ll grow accustomed to the names eventually; they’ll become natural, though one hoped for a bit more originality from the nation’s oldest conference.
On the other hand, the conference did do a nice job with the new trophy names:
Championship Game Trophies
Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy
Named for Amos Alonzo Stagg, University of Chicago; and Joe Paterno, Penn State
Grange-Griffin Championship Game M.V.P.
Red Grange, Illinois; and Archie Griffin, Ohio State
Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award
Gerald R. Ford, Michigan; and Nile Kinnick, Iowa
Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award
Tony Dungy, Minnesota; and Anthony Thompson, Indiana
Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year
Otto Graham, Northwestern; and Eddie George, Ohio State
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year
Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota; and Charles Woodson, Michigan
Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year
Woody Hayes, Ohio State; and Bo Schembechler, Michigan
Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year
Darrell Thompson, Minnesota; and Antwaan Randle El, Indiana
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year
Dave Rimington, Nebraska; and Orlando Pace, Ohio State
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year
Bubba Smith, Michigan State; and Courtney Brown, Penn State
Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year
Bob Griese, Purdue; and Drew Brees, Purdue
Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year
Alan Ameche, Wisconsin; and Ron Dayne, Wisconsin
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year
Jack Tatum, Ohio State; and Rod Woodson, Purdue
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year
Dick Butkus, Illinois; and Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year
Pat Richter, Wisconsin; and Desmond Howard, Michigan
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year
Ted Kwalick, Penn State; and Dallas Clark, Iowa
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year
Jim Bakken, Wisconsin; and Morten Andersen, Michigan State
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year
Dike Eddleman, Illinois; and Brandon Field, Michigan State
Swing and miss on the division names; those trophy designations are a big hit, at least for me. The Big Ten is the first conference, I believe, to award trophies for each group on the field, going beyond the simple offensive and defensive player of the year awards shared throughout the rest of the country.
So nice job there, Big Ten. As for those division names: too late to reconsider?
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